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It is the company people love to hate It affects our lives in many ways from the newspaper we read in the morning to the papers we write at school Recently the software giant has been under fire and is at risk of being split up into smaller companies However it will be broken up due to unjust rulings and false accusations not only in behaviors of Microsoft but of attitudes The court also ruled falsely on charges of a monopoly The Supreme Court that is ruling for Microsoft has issued a monopoly against Microsoft Due to this ruling remedies will be taken to punish Microsoft for this allegation One such remedy is the Watch Dog Team which is a monitoring group to watch for any suspicious behavior with Microsoft Bennet 2 The team will hover over the company and report any behavior relating to a monopoly Another remedy is to make Microsoft more compatible with other computers For example Microsoft will be forced to not force other computer companies distributing Windows to also purchase Internet Explorer Bennet 2 Instead of using remedies and other forms of compensation other software companies argue that monitoring is not enough They believe that Microsoft must be broken up into smaller companies Bennet 2 By doing this they say it will solve the monopoly problem and monitoring will not be needed However Microsoft has fought hard to prevent this denying that it is a monopoly In 1998 the Department of Justice DOJ presented a document listing the violations of antitrust Microsoft made and also presented complaint of Microsofts anti- competitive behaviors DOJ 1 The document cited unlawful exclusive dealings with other computer distributors In other words Microsoft forced distributors to purchase Windows related products with their computers even when they didnt want it DOJ 1 However this practice is legal because several years ago these same distributors made an agreement with Microsoft promising that they would do
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